Rob Cross had a brilliant but poor year at times winning both the World Matchplay and European Championship but failing to get past the Last 16 in the previous five televised tournaments and he claimed just two legs against Kim Huybrechts at the PDC World Championship.

This was magnified with him posting the fifth lowest average in history in losing out to Adrian Lewis at the Masters; but he is seemingly adapting.

‘Voltage’ admits that he has lost lots of weight; after not being happy with how he weighed and this effected his game. He added though that now he feels a lot better despite not being in the best form; but that he feels it will come as he starts to feel a lot better.

“I feel really fresh actually,” Cross told the Darts Show podcast.

“I’ve had a nice little bit of time off and I’ve managed to lose a bit of weight. I feel like I like myself again, which is quite a difference.

“I suppose when I finished at the end of last year, I was a bit overweight and I wasn’t very happy, so I’ve managed to do something that I wanted to do.

“At the time, I wasn’t really liking myself because I felt a bit fat and frumpy to be honest.

“I think I’ve lost important games at certain times through not having the stamina for a day. That’s 100 per cent evident that those things have happened.”

“For me it’s how you look and I was never this big four or five years ago. I was probably at my peak,” Cross added.

“I was 17st – 13lb when I finished the worlds, I’m now 15st – 7lb, so I feel a lot better, a lot fresher.

“I’ve got a lot more energy. I’m putting myself in the gym now. I think it’s whether I like myself. I think that’s the biggest thing.

“It gives me a massive opportunity to now try and push my best game out while I’m doing that. As long as I feel good in myself I think I will perform better.”

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Author: Samuel Gill